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Why don’t other school shootings stand out as much as the Columbine High School Massacre?

This question is something I have been pondering over for a long time. Why did Columbine make such a huge impact when school shootings just like it happen so often? What made Columbine so unique? I have some theories as to why this could be.

1. The Duo: I believe the relationship Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shared is one of the biggest factors. The fact that there was not one shooter, but two, truly captivated so many people. How often can a person find someone willing to go through such heinous acts alongside them, and at such a young age? These two grew up together for many years and shared an intense hatred for the world around them. They knew what they wanted to do and began planning many months before the event took place. Because of this, the Columbine Massacre played out like no other. While most shootings have just one culprit acting on a short spurt of passion or anger, Eric and Dylan had been hellbent on revenge for a long, long time and worked together to make it happen. Neither one of them got cold feet or chickened out at any time, which proves how dedicated they were to each other and their plans. 

2. The Trend: Both of them knew how the world would react to their story, that they would gain a large following and a series of copycats. In the journals they wrote and webpages they created they stated many times how they knew society would allow their names to live on forever. They knew 100% that the media attention they would get after they died would cause a domino effect in the years to follow, and they couldn’t have been more right. Since 1999, the number of school shootings has skyrocketed and are even beginning to become a trend. There were 17 major shootings in 2012 alone. Eric and Dylan hated everyone and wanted them all to die, and they were aware that by going through with the Columbine massacre, people would continue to die because of them through proxy, even after they themselves were long gone. 

3. The Warning Signs: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold left a staggering amount of clues and raised many red flags in the time leading up to the massacre, but it still never occurred to anyone how two young boys were capable of doing such a thing. It never even crossed anyones mind. It’s like they left a trail of breadcrumbs that no one noticed until it was too late. The two boys intentionally left bombs and guns in desks and drawers in their rooms like it was a game, and anyone could have found them and prevented the whole thing… however Eric and Dylan both knew no one was looking. They left everything out in the open so that the world would feel the guilt after the tragedy.

4. The Reasoning: The two of them documented their journey and their thought patterns leading up to the day for the world to find after the damage had been done. They wrote their plans and what they were thinking in great detail on webpages and in journals, even taping or recording themselves talking about it. No matter how many times we look at their explanations or reasonings or justifications behind their actions, we will never fully understand why they did what they did, however Eric and Dylan really did try to make it so. 

5. The Making of an Icon: The way they looked, the clothes they wore, everything they did became absolutely iconic. You see a black t-shirt with WRATH written in red lettering or a white t-shirt with NATURAL SELECTION written in black and you know straight away where it’s from. The names Reb and Vodka will forever belong and make you think back to them. The black trench coats and suspenders and combat boots, the pair of gloves they shared on the day of the crime. It all seems like one big movie scene and it all links back to them. Nowadays you see the ‘new’ school shooters idolising and copying everything Eric and Dylan did, like wearing their own t-shirts with edgy phrases such as 'Humanity is Overrated’, all trying to stand out in the way the Columbine killers did so easily. 

6. The Timing: The 1990’s and 2000’s were a very significant time in our history. Eric and Dylan were a part of the first generation of people to grow up with revolutionary technology such as computers and the world wide web. In this time, media was really beginning to flourish like never before and while there have been school shootings prior to Columbine, none of them ever received such an astronomical amount of attention because the means for it had never really been there to that scale. Columbine was revolutionary and Eric and Dylan, both having an above average knowledge on computers, media and the internet, knew that it was the best time to make the attack. “Producers will be fighting over our story.”

Of course, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. No one will ever really know why Columbine stood out so high above the rest. Our society works in mysterious ways and with so many tragedies happening somewhere in the world every day, there’s no way of knowing what one will make the headlines next.

(via True-Crimes)

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Eric and Dylan’s Memorial Crosses

I just find it sad that Eric had barely any messages 

 Under Dylan’s Cross

“I’m sorry we failed you. May God have mercy on your soul.” “Shame on you, Dylan!” “Jesus will forgive” “Why?” 

 Under Eric’s Cross

“How can we ever forgive you?“

‘Human life is not sacred. Humans are just a species among other animals and world does not exist only for humans. Death is not a tragedy, it happens in nature all the time between all species. Not all human lives are important or worth saving. Sometimes I feel like no one is really worth [sic] of life at all.’

Adam Lanza, "el perpetrador de Connecticut".

Adam Lanza tenía 20 años, y se graduó de la secundaria en el 2010, pero no asistió a la universidad, por lo que vivía en su hogar. Dos días antes de la masacre, Lanza fue a una tienda de artículos deportivos en Danbury, Connecticut y quiso comprar un rifle, pero le denegaron el arma porqué no quería someterse a una verificación de antecedentes o cumplir con el período de espera del estado para la venta de la misma. El día de la masacre de Sandy Hook, Adam llevaba la identificación de su hermano mayor, Ryan, así que las principales sospechas señalaron a Ryan Lanza como el agresor, sin embargo Ryan se sometió voluntariamente a un interrogatorio por la policía de Nueva Jersey, y como no se lo considero sospechoso no fue tomado en custodia. Él dijo que no había estado en contacto con su hermano desde 2010. Los estudiantes y profesores que conocían a Adam en la escuela secundaria, lo describieron como inteligente pero nervioso e inquieto, alegando que evitaba llamar la atención. De acuerdo a los antiguos compañeros de Adam, él era poco sociable y no recordaban que mantuviera una estrecha amistad con otras personas. Adam Lanza padecía de el síndrome de Asperger, un trastorno que afecta la condición mental y conductal de los pacientes. En un principio se tuvo en cuenta que la condición fue esa para que el joven cometiera los asesinatos, sin embargo, los especialistas que trabajan con pacientes que padecen de Asperger, descartaron rotundamente que el síndrome fuera motivo de la masacre. Otros decían que el problema habían sido los vídeos juegos violentos como “Call of Duty” a los que Adam Lanza jugaba por horas en el sótano de su casa. Según las autoridades del estado de Connecticut, Adam ejecutó el atentado con tres armas, una pistola SIG Sauer 9mm, una pistola Glock 10mm y un rifle Bushmaster AR-15. También portaba un chaleco antibalas y un uniforme militar de color negro. Tenía consigo múltiples cargadores con capacidad para treinta balas. La propietaria legal de las armas era la madre de Adam, Nancy Lanza, quien se dice que era una persona aficionada con las armas de fuego. Las autoridades encontraron en el instituto una gran cantidad de munición sin usar. De acuerdo a un médico forense, todas las víctimas recibieron disparos con la misma arma y se vieron afectados vrias veces, uno de los cuerpos tenía once heridas de bala. La masacre dela escuela primaria Sandy Hook ocurrió el 14 de diciembre de 2012 en la localidad de Sandy Hook en Newtown, Connecticut, Estados Unidos. Según reportes oficiales 28 personas resultaron fallecidas, incluyendo a Nancy Lanza y Adam. De las víctimas, 20 eran niños y 6 adultos. 18 niños murieron en el instituto y otros dos restantes en el hospital, los adultos murieron en el centro.

Víctimas

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, directora, 47 años
Mary Sherlach, psicóloga de 56 años
Anne Marie Murphy, profesora de 52 años
Lauren Rousseau, profesora de 30 años
Rachel Davino, profesora de 29 años.
Victoria Soto, profesora de 27 años
Daniel Barden, estudiante de 7 años
Josephine Gay, estudiante de 7 años
Chase Kowalski, estudiante de 7 años
Charlotte Bacon, estudiante de 6 años
Olivia Engel, estudiante de 6 años
Dylan Hockley, estudiante de 6 años
Madeline F. Hsu, estudiante de 6 años
Catherine Hubbard, estudiante de 6 años
Jesse Lewis, estudiante de 6 años
Ana Marquez-Greene, estudiante de 6 años
James Mattioli, estudiante de 6 años
Grace McDonnell, estudiante de 6 años
Emilie Parker, estudiante de 6 años
Jack Pinto, estudiante de 6 años
Noah Pozner, estudiante de 6 años
Caroline Previdi, estudiante de 6 años
Jessica Rekos, estudiante de 6 años
Avielle Richman, estudiante de 6 años
Benjamin Wheeler, estudiante de 6 años
Allison N. Wyatt, estudiante de 6 años

Otros

Adam Lanza, perpetrador, 20 años
Nancy Lanza, madre del perpetrador, 52 años.

 

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“Last time I slept all night with a girlfriend it was 1982. Girls and women don’t even give me a second look ANYWHERE.”

In 2009, George Sodini opened fire at an LA Fitness centre because he was angry that women always rejected him. Over a nine month period, he blogged about his sexual frustration on his website, complaining about the lack of initmacy he was having. Sodini was arrogant and believed that he was incredibly good-looking, and once wrote: “Who knows why (I get rejected)? I am not ugly or too weird.”

On August 4th, he entered a women’s aerobics class at the LA Fitness center in the town of Collier. He put his duffle bag containing weapons on the floor, turned off the lights, and took out two semiautomatic pistols. He then fired at least 52 shots at the 12 victims before shooting himself dead.

Barry Loukaitis, who started shooting his classmates during a maths lesson in 1996. The fourteen-year-old shot and killed his teacher, Mrs. Caires, along with students Arnold Fritz, Jr. and Manuel Vela. He then took the class hostage, telling them “This sure beats algebra, doesn’t it?”

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Frontier High School Shooting 
Barry Loukaitis 

“This sure beats the hell out of algebra, doesn’t it?”, was what 14 year old Barry Loukaitis said when he kept a class hostage at gunpoint. On February the 2nd 1996, Loukaitis entered Frontier Middle School. in Washington, armed with multiple guns and opened fire, two students and a teacher were killed.

In September 1997, Barry Loukaitis was charged as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

Barry Loukaitis claimed that he only intended to kill one student and the rest were accidental, but prosecutors believed it was a well planned attack. It’s believed that Barry was influenced by Pearl Jam’s song Jeremy, a music video which displays a troubled teenager shoots up a school. Barry was also inspired by Natural Born Killers, Basketball Diaries and Stephan King’s book Rage, also depicts a school shooter who killed teachers and holds an algebra class hostage

Years before the shooting, Barry Loukaitis’s family became dysfunction. After his parents got divorced his mother would frequently talk about suicide, even saying that Barry would also need to kill himself, but the young man talked his mum out of it. Loukaitis was also suffering from hyperactivity and clinical depression, taking ritalin. 

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Below is part of the chilling 911 call made by Jake Evans after he killed his mother and sister.

911 OPERATOR: Parker County 911. Where is your emergency?

EVANS: My house.

911 OPERATOR: OK, what`s the emergency?

EVANS: I just killed my mom and my sister.

911 OPERATOR: What?

EVANS: I just killed my mom and my sister.

911 OPERATOR: You just killed your mother and your sister? How did you do that?

EVANS: I shot them with a .22 revolver.

911 OPERATOR: And what is your name?

EVANS: Jake Evans.

911 OPERATOR: Are you sure they`re dead?

EVANS: Yes.

911 OPERATOR: OK. Do you – is there any reason that you were so angry at your mother and your sister?

EVANS: Oh, no, I – I wasn`t. It`s weird. I wasn`t even really angry with them. It just kind of happened. I`ve been kind of planning on killing for a while now.

911 OPERATOR: The two of them or just anybody?

EVANS: Pretty much anybody.

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Heath High School Shooting

On the 1st of December 1997 in Kentucky, Michael Carneal walked into Heath High School with a rifle and shotgun, which he passed of as an arts project. Carneal then shot at a youth prayer group, 3 people were killed whilst 5 were injured. After the shooting, Carneal surrendered his weapons and said, “kill me, now please. I cant believe i did that”

It’s believed Carneal was severely bullied, leading him to have paranoia. Months later he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and was hospitalised.

The victims parents believed porn, The Basketball Diaries and Natural Born Killers had an influence. Also in Carneal’s locker was a copy of Rage, by Stephan King. A novel in which is about a school shooting.

In 1998, Michael Carneal was sentenced to life

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It’s unbelievable for me that these people are willing to forgive him what he did… wow what a strong characters these people are!

Isla Vista shooter, Elliot Rodger was prone to feelings of intense jealousy all throughout his life. With a blockbuster movie director for a father and a wealthy Malaysian mother also working in the film industry, it’s hard to see why he would be plagued by such feelings. However, in 2011 his behaviour began to spiral out of control. He stalked a couple and followed them into Starbucks where he threw scalding coffee over them. Some months later, he threw his Latte on two girls sitting at a bus stop because he felt they were paying no attention to him. A year on, Rodger bought a Super Soaker water gun and filled it with orange juice, He went to Girsh Park and soaked a group of girls playing sports.

After refusing to take his anti-psychotic medication for schizophrenia and bipolar, he began to isolate himself and make a series of disturbing, egotistical videos. Before going on the stabbing and shooting spree, he wrote a 107,000+ word manifesto titled: “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger” and emailed it to over 30 people including his parents and therapist. In the manifesto, he complained about not being able to get a girlfriend and that being mixed race made him “different from the normal fully white kids”. He wanted a War on Women, to punish them for “ starving him of sex.” He also made several racist rants, one of them read: “How could an inferior, ugly black boy be able to get a white girl and not me? I am beautiful, and I am half white myself. I am descended from British aristocracy. He is descended from slaves”

Rodger ended up killing a total of six people and injuring dozens more. He shot himself in his car when he heard police sirens.